Sunday, 20 February 2011

CR84FN16 ...

... our colours for this week's challenge at CR84FN are soft and sophisticated - at least I think they are!!  Pretty, feminine colours - light pink, medium violet and grey.  Our inspiration photos are from A Creative Mint - I just love that vase of peonies!!


I'm trying to be organised with my card making this year - and I thought these colours would be perfect for a Mother's Day card.  Here in the UK, Mother's Day is not a fixed date at it is in the US.  Mothering Sunday, as it is often called, is celebrated on the fourth Sunday in Lent - so the date moves about a bit!!  And this year it falls on Sunday 3rd April - so I've a good head start this year :))



I started off with a piece of white vellum with a soft grey design on it.  I coloured the back of the vellum with a prisma pencil (raspberry) and used oil to spread the pigment evenly over the back of the vellum.  I then used one of my (new) Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page sets (can't remember the name) to make a lovely border.  Using the Spellbinders large octagon dies I cut out a toning paper mat and the flower image.   I edged the flower cutout with silver pen.  The flowers were stamped with London Fog as I wanted a soft, subtle image.  I added colour with shimmer chalks - two shades of pink and very light greyish green for the leaves and stems.  Finally, I added a greeting which I coloured with the two shades of pink chalk. 

Stamps:  Oriental Peony from a QVC set
Inks:  Versamark; Memento - London Fog
Papers & Vellum:  Lawrence Llewellyn-Bowen - Venaissance
Spellbinders:  Lg Octagons (S4-185) dies # 4 and #5
Accessories:  Craftwork cards - greeting; Martha Stewart punches; Pebbles Inc chalks; Prisma pencil

I was left with a beautiful piece of paper with hole in it!!  I decided to use this on another card.  Using the technique explained above, I coloured another piece of vellum and placed this behind the cutout.  Then I attached both layers to a piece of silver holographic card from my scrap box.  Also in my scrap box was a rose that I'd previously stamped but not used.  I coloured it with Promarkers and then sprayed it with Cosmic Shimmer silver - such a pretty subtle shine!  I stuck this to the centre of the card.  Finally I added a couple of flourishes to the top corners of the card and embossed them with detail silver, and added a greeting at the foot of the card - also embossed.


I really love this card!  I opened the card and discovered that I'd stamped it upside down!!  It opens the wrong way round.  How daft is that?  Oh well, never mind!!  All is not lost - I'll simply cut the front off and mount it on a larger square card!  There are no mistakes in crafting - just happy accidents :))

Stamps:  Waltzingmouse - Roses in Bloom, Faux Fun Circles, Fancy Phrases
Inks:  Versamark; Memento - Tuxedo Blace
Papers & Vellum:  Lawrence Llewellyn-Bowen - Venaissance
Spellbinders:  Lg Octagons (S4-185) die #5
Accessories:  Promarkers; Prisma pencil; card from stash

Full details of the challenge can be found at CR84FN.  The CR84FN Design Team and our Guest Designer, Stella Schenkel, have come up with some wonderful cards to inspire you - check out their blogs:


This has turned out to be an essay - thanks for staying with me.  I can't wait to see your designs - have fun!!  I'll be back tomorrow with more cards to share!!

25 comments:

Berenice R. said...

So nice card! :)

Sue W said...

Wonderful interpretation of the inspirational photo Deb!

Mona L. Pendleton said...

Very pretty Mother's Day card Deborah both inside and out! Love the silver embossed sentiment and motifs!

Stella said...

Beautiufl Mothers' Day card. The lace borders on the first one are gorgeous and I love that floral centerpiece. In fact both cards are fabulous! We Celbrate Mothers' Day on the second Sunday in May...:) (a bit later than you)
Have a lovely day!

Pauline said...

Two lovely cards Deborah, the rose and peonies are coloured beautifully.

Donna Mosley said...

Two very beautiful cards, Deborah. Beautifully coloured flowers and love the border.

Donna x

Deb Hickman said...

Two gorgeous cards, love these colours, the stamp is so pretty, perfect for Mothers Day.

Deb x

Jackie said...

Beautiful cards, I love the border on the top one :o)
Jackie xx

cbuswell said...

beautiful, love the big bloom and silver details!! gorgeous!

lynn said...

love your colored vellum and lacey border on your first card, and the silver on your second card, deborah:)

Suzanne C said...

Lovely cards. The flowers are so pretty in the shimmery colors and the pansy is gorgeous. Beautiful border. Had a chuckle about the upside down thing as I just did it yesterday as well!

Sue said...

Hi deborah, 2 fabulous cards and both very beautiful:)

sue
xx

Andrea M said...

Pretty cards Deb!! Love the silver embossing on the second and the lacy border on the first! I need to start making a few Mother's day cards! Great job with the colors!

Rosemary said...

lovely, lovely cards!

Buffy said...

Beautiful card

Lisa Somerville said...

Lovely cards, wonderful coloring of your blossoms. The added border looks great!

Joan said...

Beautiful cards and very pretty flowers.I love the punch around the page border on the first card.

Sally H said...

Hi Deborah
Your cards are both stunning! Thank you so much for your kind comments on my blog. Hugs, Sally x

Heather Jensen said...

Such a sweet Mother's Day card. I have done that before too. I hate it when that happens. :)
Hugs~

Meredith said...

I love both cards - you put so much work into them! I really love the embossed flourishes in the top of the second card - they look so pretty in silver!

Paula said...

Interesting use of Vellum & I love your inventive use of both the positive & negative pieces. The embossed flourish corners are absolutely delightful too.
Paula (PEP)

Sue Lelli said...

DEB, LOVE how FAB that edge is on the first card and that pretty image! LOVE the second card that you made with scraps and I had to laugh that you made it upside down! Been there, done that! Both are FAB!

Susan Hogan said...

My, you have been busy! Is it the cold weather? Two great cards and all that work!

Basement Stamper said...

Fantastic Mother's Day card, beautiful!

Stephanie Kraft said...

Lovely cards, Deb! The Mother's Day card is beautiful and I love how you used the negative of the octagon on the second!

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